The development of a positive self-concept or healthy self-esteem is extremely important to the happiness and success of kids.
Reading builds self-esteem because it fosters a more proficient reader, thus cultivating a more confident person. You can’t give a child self-confidence, they have to earn it. A good way to gain self-esteem is through reading. As your kids read, they becomes more proficient and learn valuable lessons from the stories.
Nurturing your children to enjoy reading is an undertaking. One suggestion to help is to incorporate reading into their everyday routine. After they get settled down for bed, have your kids read for a minimum of 30 minutes. This could be silent reading, parents or siblings reading aloud to one another, and/or listening to books on audio. Reading is a valuable time for your kids to wind down from the day and use their minds more introspectively. You can even turn it into a time where the family reads together. This time together is more important today due to our fast paced, frenetic society.
Give them many different selections, get your kids to want to read. Schools often choose books that are uninspiring. When a child has the ability to pick and choose what he or she wants to read, this spurs an interest in reading and gives the children motivation to read.
Turn the concept around from reading as a chore, into reading for pleasure. Promote reading by giving your child ownership in his choices. Reading a series is helpful, because your child already understands the plot, they know the characters and are curious to see what the next book brings. This builds on their reading skills because they are already invested in the story, which is a great hook.
If you have a child who is struggling with reading at school, make sure that you give them stories they can be successful in reading. This enhanced both learning and attitude. If your child struggles with reading, it can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. It can affect them in school, in their relationships and with their peers. This in turn can affect their feelings of self-worth.
When children read fantasy it gives them a place to explore their fears. Books that have characters in them that they can relate to are essential. Through reading about other fictional characters whom they can connect with to sort out who they are. That personal exploration allows a child to put things in into perspective in their own lives. Nurture your children to become successful readers if you want to help them build self-esteem.
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